Jackson

Album: Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits (1967)
  • Before this became a famous duet between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, it was originally performed by Billy Edd Wheeler, who wrote and recorded it in 1963. German-American actress Gaby Rodgers is credited as Wheeler's co-writer, but her name was actually used as a pseudonym by Rodgers' then-husband Jerry Leiber. Leiber wrote many hits with his regular songwriting partner Mike Stoller, such as "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," made famous by Elvis Presley.
  • Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood also had a Pop hit (#14) with this song in 1967. They performed it, along with "Some Velvet Morning," on Nancy's TV special Movin' with Nancy.
  • Johnny and June's version peaked at #2 on the Country charts and earned them a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio or Group (Vocal or Instrumental) in 1968.
  • Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon performed this song for the Walk the Line soundtrack when they portrayed Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash for the 2005 biopic.
  • Florence + the Machine covered this for their live MTV Unplugged album in 2012. Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme joined Florence Welch on vocals.
  • The Cash duet was featured on the soundtrack for The Help (2011).

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 11th 1980, Johnny Cash, in duet with Miss Piggy, performed "Jackson" on the syndicated TV program 'The Muppet Show'*...
    A little over thirteen years earlier on April 30th, 1967 his covered version of the song, in a duet with June Carter, reached #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart; the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Need You" by Sonny James...
    * 'The Muppet Show' ran for five seasons with a total of 120 original episodes.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 18th 1967, "Jackson" by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and on July 23rd it peaked at #14 (for 3 weeks) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    The duo had three other Top 100 records; "Summer Wine" (peaked at #49 in 1967), "Lady Bird" (reached #20 in 1967), and "Some Velvet Morning" (peaked at #26 in 1968)...
    The flip-side of "Jackson" was Nancy's "You Only Live Twice"; it also charted, reached #44 on the Top 100...
    R.I.P. Mr. Hazelwood (1929 - 2007) and Ms. Sinatra celebrated her 74th birthday on June 8th, 1940.
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